Against the Grain


I’m exhausted. I’m fairly sure if I asked you, that the answer would be the same. The past few months have been trying for everyone. The pandemic would have been enough for anyone, and now it seems to be gaining momentum which is going to prove to be another challenge. On top of the constant fight against the virus, there is legitimate social unrest, political disarray among other things. People seem to have blamed the year 2020 as the framework for wave after wave of discord. I don’t think the year is to blame, I think it’s us.



Contact with COVID-19 Just Got Closer



Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) redefined “close contact” for purposes of potential higher risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Until yesterday, the CDC had defined closed contact generally as 15 consecutive minutes within six (6) feet of someone who having (or suspected as having) COVID-19.  The operative word for this blog is “consecutive.”  

Yesterday, the CDC changed the definition of  “close contact ” as follows:

“Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a...


Innovation Needs a Safe Space



In Silicon Valley, people see failure as a necessary part of innovation. If you don’t fail, you’re not taking the risks that can lead to a breakthrough. You’re not risking enough little things to come up with the next big thing.

This is true not only in Silicon Valley, but across the country and across industries. Risk and innovation are behind every new product, every upgrade to an existing product, every process improvement, and every aspect of your marketing.

And in the right environment, innovation comes from all kinds of...


Disability Inclusion: Free Professional Development Certificate for HR Professionals



The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically changed workplaces across the United States. Businesses are trying to adapt in the midst of an unprecedented crisis. But there’s definitely no guidebook to navigating a business through this pandemic. So how can your company find the agility it needs to stay relevant?

Disability inclusion = business success

A strong disability inclusion program can help. At its heart, disability inclusion is about flexibility. It’s about removing the barriers to success for all of your employees. And with more change likely on the horizon,...


This One Factor is Reducing Your Diversity Hiring by 30%



Employers discriminate in hiring. This is a fact. It’s been a fact for generations. It’s the main reason anti-discrimination statements show up on job postings. That and it’s the law for Public employers and Government contractors who are required to have these statements. Many private employers use these as well to show they don’t discriminate in hiring.

For fifty years we’ve seen these statements on job descriptions and job advertisements. Recently, two Economists from the University of Chicago did a study[1] looking at the impact of candidate behavior when these statements are...


“Well, You’re Kind of Getting Up There in Years..."




If I’m taking the plaintiff’s deposition, and I hear these words escape his lips when describing the termination meeting with this supervisor, well, I’m not sure how I would go about maintaining my poker face.

It’s a case about a 60-year-old man who his employer fired after working for the company for more than four decades. The plaintiff-employee started with the defendant-employer at age 18. Over the course of his 41-year career, the defendant promoted him several times, all the way up to Area Manager, a position that he...


My Lifelong Learning Journey An Unquenchable Thirst | Part 3 of a 3-Part Series


This is a 3-part series, read The Lighting of the Fire and Why It's Not a One-Size "Fits Most" for the full story.

As I reflect on my own career story, I feel fortunate.

Fortunate for the mentors I’ve had.

Fortunate for the pushes and pulls I’ve had.

Fortunate for the opportunities it provided to shape the way I view the world today.

As previously mentioned, I did not pursue a college degree. In fact, I didn’t even apply. I got straight...


I Know Helicopter Parents...But Helicopter Managers?



You may have heard of the term helicopter parents but have you heard of helicopter managers? Until recently, I have not and now that I have, I am wondering if there is something we can learn.

During a recent conversation with a colleague, the topic “helicopter parent” came up and as we were discussing its effectiveness, the lack of, the conversation shifted to how some managers may be using helicopters to drive...


#Nextchat RECAP: COVID-19 and Compliance in the Workplace

On October 14, @SHRM chatted with SHRM HR Knowledge Center Director Amber Clayton (@SHRMAClayton) and Janell M. Stanton, Esq., from Wagner, Falconer & Judd Ltd. (@JanellStanton16) about how employers can avoid legal and compliance problems in the workplace—especially those issues associated with COVID-19. If you missed this excellent chat filled with helpful information for HR, you can read all the tweets below.

Learn more about SHRM's new Navigating HR Compliance through the Employee Lifecycle course that focuses on the importance of using compliance to build and sustain a strong company culture, too!


Is Covid-19 Showing Us the Future Of Work?


Work from home protocols in place. Travel restrictions. Large conferences canceled. Sales pitches via video conference instead of flights across the country for face-to-face meetings. The future of work? Perhaps.

The nature of work is changing. We are moving from a “one manager, one office, 9-5” world to a “fluid, team-based, work-from-anywhere, always-on” world. While we are in the early stages of this shift (although many have already moved), some believe COVID-19 may be accelerating the transition.

In The End of Jobs, I argue that full-time employment will come to more closely...